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Old 03-11-2009, 07:27 PM   #1
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German shepherd or A Bull dog

I've been looking pretty hard on getting a dog, I've been torn between two differ breeds, and the title says either a German Shepherd, or a Bulldog. Its a tough one, I know they both are very good dogs, and well behaved. Im leaning more towards a German Shepherd.. but not 100% sure. Just would like some input which one would be better.
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I've heard that German Shepherds taste better because they're more lean.
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Don't get a bull dog unless you're prepared to give it a lot of attention. Also, it is not a dog you can go to the dog park with and let run totally free and not watch. Their nature is not such to be friendly with other dogs (relative to a German). Also, if left alone in your house, they WILL destroy the place.
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Shepard. Very smart and loyal dog.
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I've had the German Shepherds and my sister has the bulldogs. Her dogs are nice but they are a lot of maintenance. They have breathing problems.

Both breeds are smart and have a lot of play drive. If you get a larger Shepherd, keep it from jumping. They can have hip problems. Our last one had his back legs paralyzed when we put him down.
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The german shepherd will be easier to train, and they make both a good guard dog and family dog. Their intelligence is almost unrivaled.

That's where my vote is.
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If I had to choose between the two. I would go with the German Shepherd. Very good dogs, loyal, easy to train, and make good dogs for kids. Me and my wife are gonna look for one when we get our own house.

Bull dogs are good dogs too, but are high maintenance like everybody else has been saying. Prone to cancer of the jaws, breathing problems, sometimes need surgery to correct the breathing. But otherwise very well tempered dogs as long as you train them right.
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My only advice is to avoid dog parks like the plague.

There are too many idiots that let their dogs run free that cannot catch them, restrain them, or recall them if a fight breaks out. Not only that but your dog may be the most well behaved dog that some other dog decides it wants to pick on and you have no idea how your dog will react in that situation. You certainly dont want your GSD to be to blame for mauling another dog.

They are also cesspools for dog health problems. Think of all the owners that bring in coughing dogs, dogs with parasites, dogs with UTI's, the list of possibilities is endless. All it takes is for your dog to run through a pile of crap (or remnants thereof) and then lick its paws to get sick.

As for your breed choice Id get a GSD too but make sure you do your due diligence and find yourself a good breeder who will help you make the right choice on which animal you pick and not some BYB (back yard breeder) who is only in it to make a few bucks and cares nothing about the health of their animals. Specifically ask about health testing and titles. If the breeder cannot produce either walk away quickly, you have just found a BYB. If the breeder can produce heath papers, has a strong line of working dogs (titled) and isnt breeding so many litters that the dogs are exploding then youve probably found yourself a reputable breeder. The dogs generally cost more and you might be on a waiting list (after filling out an application) but you get a will get a dog with a better temperment, longevity, and will most likely be easier to train.

You could also consider rescuing a GSD. If you get on petfinder you can search your area by breed and see if anyone has a GSD rescue program. My wife and I got our doberman through a rescue and he's the most docile dobe Ive ever come across.

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The german shepherd will be easier to train, and they make both a good guard dog and family dog. Their intelligence is almost unrivaled.

That's where my vote is.
It helps if you already speak German.
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If you decide on a German Shepard save yourself a lot of heartache and make sure both parents are OFA certified and if you can observe the parents temperment that would be a good thing as well. Don't buy from a backyard breeder. These dogs (as well as al larger breeds) have hip problems as they age. And another important thing is training, make sure you set aside the time to have the dog properly trained. I've owned Rottweilers all my adult life and I can't stress enough the need for proper training.
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If you decide on a German Shepard save yourself a lot of heartache and make sure both parents are OFA certified and if you can observe the parents temperment that would be a good thing as well. Don't buy from a backyard breeder. These dogs (as well as al larger breeds) have hip problems as they age. And another important thing is training, make sure you set aside the time to have the dog properly trained. I've owned Rottweilers all my adult life and I can't stress enough the need for proper training.
What he said, I like both However i like the German Shepard more
Both Breeds are Good it really depends on how well you train them. If you want a smaller dog look at the Boston Terrier's. There hyper but not Jack-russell Hyper. Any dog with the smashed in Face can have breathing problem's. I have two Boston's and both Snore, kinda funny actually.

Also as stated watch the dog parks. There are Decent people in there with well behaved dogs and some time's you get people that take know time training there dog. Also some Dog parks which are suppose to be better charge you a yearly fee. In order to be allowed into the Paided dog parks at least in Northern IL. Your dog has to be up on all shot's, Rabbies tags etc. Check with your park district.

Good luck with whatever you get, just take the time and train them well. Remember the bigger the dog usually the short the life span.
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It helps if you already speak German.
We used German for Schutzhund commands and English for more casual situations.
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We used German for Schutzhund commands and English for more casual situations.

Works great with Dobermans too. Our neighbor trained his mutt using German. Some people say that dogs understand German better than other languages.
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hands down German Shepard unless you are prepared to deal with the array of health problems that come along with bull dogs..(which type of bull dog are you talking though??? English Bull dog?) I can give you plenty of vet clinic horror stories on both breeds, any breed for that matter.

Whatever you get unless your looking to rescue, get from a reputable breeder, pay the extra money for a dog that comes from certified parents, do your research and make and educated decision. And don't think that just because someone else has a really cool dog of that breed that your dog will be the same..... I have a head case boxer at home to back that one up! What are you looking for in a dog, research the breeds and find out what fits your lifestyle best.
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If you talk to a German Shephard in German, do you talk bull**** to the other? *shrug*

I like bulldogs. They don't get as big.
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Also once you decide what Breed your going to get. Look at getting Pet Insurance. Trust me its well worth it.
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